Paul Archibald Caron

Canadian painter , Royal Canadian Academy of Art (RCA)

Paul Archibald Caron

Paul-Archibald-Octave Caron, also known as Paul Caron, was born in Montreal on September 4, 1874. He received his artistic training at J.-C. Spencer and Sons in Montreal, where he started working as a designer of stained glass decorations. Later on, he enrolled at the Montreal Art Association, where he studied drawing with Edmond Dyonnet and William Brymner and painting with the renowned Canadian master Maurice Cullen.

From 1897 to 1908, Paul Caron worked as a designer and artistic director for several newspapers, including La Presse, Canadian Magazine, Saturday Night, Montreal Life, and L'album Universel du Monde Illustré. During this time, he produced numerous pen drawings for these publications. His work received widespread recognition for his rural landscapes and Canadian winter scenes, and he illustrated several legendary books, such as Hélène et Aphrodite and Le Vieux et le Nouveau Saguenay québécois. He also created winter scenes and replica buildings for Christmas cards.

Although Paul Caron's favourite subjects were traditional scenes, he experimented with techniques inspired by Art Nouveau and symbolism. To create his watercolours, he used only distilled water and high-quality materials to ensure the longevity of his work. He won the prestigious Jessie Dow Prize in 1931 and 1936 and became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1942.

Paul Caron's works are now sought after by national museum institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Stewart Museum in Montreal, the Musée des Beaux-Arts du Québec, the Edmonton Art Gallery, and many others. Paul Caron died in Montreal in 1942.

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